A centre that is designed to offer women counselling advice and training courses could be opened in Ramsbottom, Bury. The founder of Graceful Oaks, Joanna Shea has been looking for a base in the town to open up the facility, which is to be run mainly by volunteers.
The aim is to provide free imaginative therapy and support for women locally, which will help them to deal with difficulties they face in everyday life. Mrs Shea said, “I hope to create a place where women can come with any problem they have and if we cannot help them we will show them to people who can. Domestic violence is one of the first things people think of when they think of a women’s centre but we do not just want it to be about that.”
Talking and being taken notice of can be an extremely healing process for women, particularly in a society that expects them to be the listener and carer. Being able to talk about the problems and issues that are going on in their life can help them to understand more fully their roles, beliefs, thoughts, feelings and behaviours. This process can lead to women feeling far more empowered and have a greater self-acceptance in the decisions they make in their various relationships with family or friends.
Mrs Shea is currently volunteering at a women’s centre in Accrington to develop her skills and ideas in order to bring them to Ramsbottom. Women attending the new centre will be offered job and computer training, support with CV’s and self-confidence boosting programmes. It is hoped the centre will eventually employ a small number of counsellors and trainers but until this time will rely on volunteers.
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